73. 127 Hours (2010)

So much to do, so little time

8/10
Directed by: Danny Boyle
Written by: Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy
Starring: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara

Based on a real-life incident in 2003, Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours follows the traumatic experience of Aaron Ralston – an American mountain climber who gets his arm caught in a boulder with a limited amount of food, water, light and sanity.

Shameless selfie...

While much of the hype around this movie seemed to be about Ralston’s stomach-turning DIY amputation, 127 Hours doesn’t deal us the  bloody gore we might expect. Instead, James Franco’s performance and the provocative sensual and visual direction of Boyle turns one character, one situation and one location into a journey layered with memories, regrets and a deep reflection of life that is more confronting than just a ripped arm.

With incredible cinematography, which allows us to traverse from the claustrophobic tightness of Aaron’s surroundings to the wide and dangerously beautiful canyons of Utah, 127 Hours goes from the physical struggles of Aaron’s survival to his mental and emotional struggle to deal with his situation. In doing so, Boyle’s deft and creative mix of sound and visuals leave us with deep impressions of visceral desperation, and a serene appreciation of life.

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